Monday, 28 October 2013

So want to make a difference in the world but aren't related to Mother Teresa? It's ...something small that makes a HUGE difference. If you are keen on sewing simple children's clothing contact info@makeadifference.org.nz.   You will be provided with a kit of material pre-cut into pattern pieces for easy children's clothing. With the wonderful help of Global Volunteer Network www.gvnfoundation.org.nz the items will be distributed to children in projects around the world. This little act of kindness makes a HUGE difference to their lives...so make a difference.

Friday, 27 September 2013


Eliza from Global Volunteer Foundation returned from South Africa in September after handing out skirts and shorts to many children in need from the Kliptown Youth Program. The skirts and shorts proved very successful with modified simpler patterns which made them easy to cut and required very little sewing after a quick whiz on the overlocker. The skirts covered a wide range of sizes as older girls were happy to wear them as mini skirts. You can check out more about the Kliptown Youth Program and the amazing work being done there by following this link. They have also been making a documentary about their gumboot dancers which you can watch the trailer for. Amazing stuff!  http://www.kliptownyouthprogram.org.za/  
http://www.stompitoutmovie.com/


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The girls from the orphanage in Peru were wrapped (literally) to receive new dresses.


Here is a sample of a cocoon sleep sack to help with any confusions when sewing.  Hopefully this shows where the velcro goes and provides a visual aid to the pattern.






The Peru project is up and running and will be completed by July 2013. The first part is to provide 29 girls in a children's home in Sacred Valley in Peru with warm, merino dresses. The second part is to provide merino trousers and hats for a community centre "Tombola" on the outskirts of Cusco. Each child in the community wins an article of clothing. The third part is to provide merino newborn hats and cotton cocoon sleepsacks for a maternity hospital.  If you would be interested in contributing your time to sew these articles please email info@makeadifference.org.nz

Friday, 20 September 2013


Thanks so much for all the wonderful sewing done for Uganda.  As you can see it was appreciated.  Many more dresses and shorts were distributed to various groups, families and schools that were in need. 

One hundred plus items of clothing are currently being completed by wonderful volunteers around the world from America, Australia and New Zealand for the Uganda Project. Simple tops, shorts and drawstring dresses have been cut, overlocked and finally sewn by kind sewing enthusiasts and will soon be ready to distribute to a poor community in Uganda. Earlier in 2012 Global Volunteer Founder Colin Salisbury took samples of the clothing to the community to test for sizing. This project is in its final stages and once all items are completed they will be hand delivered by Global Volunteer Network in May 2013.